How to Turn On or Off Sticky and Filter Keys in Windows 11

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Here, I’m using Windows 11. Let’s start.

What’s “Sticky Keys” and How to Turn it On or Off?

It’s an accessibility feature that makes the modifier keys (CTRL, Alt, Shift, and Windows keys) stay active until another key is pressed.

Let me give you an example.

Suppose you want to launch Task Manager. You can open it by pressing CTRL, Shift, and Escape.

Usually, you need to press three buttons simultaneously to open it. When you enable sticky keys, this isn’t the case.

By pressing and releasing one key after another, you can open it.

First, press the CTRL key and then release it. Then do the same for Shift and Escape keys. You can now view the Task Manager.

Hopefully, you understood what I meant.

How to Turn On or Off Sticky Keys in Windows 11

Note that by default, this feature is off. Let’s see different methods to activate and deactivate it.

Method #1

You can disable sticky keys by pressing Shift five times continuously.

Follow these steps to turn it on:

Press the Shift key five times continuously. In the “Sticky Keys” popup, click “Yes.”

Method #2

Open the Settings app by pressing Windows + I.

Click on Accessibility on the left sidebar, then “Keyboard” on the right.

Disable (to turn off) or enable (to turn on) the switch beside the “Sticky keys.”

Method #3

This method is only for deactivation. Press two buttons at once to turn off the sticky keys.

Note: If you don’t want the sticky keys turned off while pressing two keys simultaneously, then check out the following “Notes.”

Method #4

Open the Control Panel.

If you’re on the Category view, you need to click on Ease of Access, then Ease of Access Center. Otherwise, click on Ease of Access Center.

Select “Make the keyboard easier to use.”

Enable (to turn on) or disable (to turn off) “Turn on Sticky Keys.”

Click the OK button.

Notes

When you click the Sticky keys in the Settings app, you’ll see the following options:

  • Show the Sticky keys icon on the taskbar
  • Play a sound when shortcut keys are pressed and released

The above two options are self-explanatory.

  • Keyboard shortcut for Sticky keys

The Sticky Keys popup appears when you press Shift five continuous times.

Turn this on if you want the Sticky Keys popup. Otherwise, deactivate it.

If you disable the Sticky Keys popup, you can’t turn sticky keys on and off using the “Shift” method mentioned in this post.

  • Lock shortcut keys when pressed twice in a row

It locks the modifier key when pressed twice in succession.

For instance, you pressed the Windows key twice. If you press E now, the File Explorer opens. After that, if you press I, it opens the settings.

You can unlock it by pressing the same modifier key again.

  • Turn off Sticky keys when two keys are pressed at the same time – This one turns off the sticky keys while pressing two keys simultaneously.

What’s “Filter Keys” and How to Turn it On or Off?

This accessibility feature allows you to change keyboard repeat rates and ignore brief or repeated keystrokes.

By default, this one is off. Here’s how you can activate or deactivate it:

Access the Settings by pressing Windows + I on your keyboard.

Click on the Accessibility option on the left sidebar and select “Keyboard” on the right.

Activate (to turn on) or deactivate (to turn off) the switch beside the Filter keys, and that’s all.

Notes

You’ll see the following options if you click on the “Filter keys:”

  • Keyboard shortcut for Filter keys

If you hold the right Shift key for eight seconds, the Filter Keys popup will appear.

If you don’t want this popup, turn this option off. Enable it if you need the popup.

If you disable the Filter Keys popup, you can’t turn filter keys on and off using the “Shift” method mentioned below.

  • Show the Filter keys icon on the taskbar
  • Beep when keys are pressed or accepted

Both of the above options are self-explanatory, aren’t they?

  • Ignore quick keystrokes (slow keys) – Ignore keys that are not pressed for a certain period.
  • Ignore unintended keystrokes (bounce keys) – Ignore the double hit of the same key or other similar errors for a while.
  • Ignore repeated keystrokes (repeat keys) – On most keyboards, holding down a key means repeated keystrokes of that key. This option allows you to ignore repeated keystrokes for a specific time.

Remember that if you enable any of the above three, you can configure it.

To do that, click on the down arrow in the option, and you’ll see the options. Play with it if you wish.

Here are the alternative methods to turn on and off the filter keys:

Method #1

To turn it on: hold the right Shift key for eight seconds. Click the Yes button on the Filter Keys popup.

To turn it off: hold the right Shift key for eight seconds.

Method #2

Start Control Panel.

If you’re on Category view, click the Ease of Access > Ease of Access Center. Otherwise, click the Ease of Access Center.

Select “Make the keyboard easier to use.” Activate (to turn on) or deactivate (to turn off) the Turn on Filter Keys.

Click the OK button.

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